So much for “a pocket full of dead presidents.”
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today that is modernizing America’s money. Introducing The New $20, $10, And $5!
The Treasury Department will create new design concepts for the $20, $10, and $5 dollar notes.
The front of the new $20 will feature the portrait of Harriet Tubman, whose life was dedicated to fighting for liberty.
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery. After she escaped, she became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom.
During the Civil War, she was active in the Union cause, serving as a nurse, a cook, and a scout, gathering intelligence.
Looking back on her life, Harriet Tubman said, “I would fight for liberty so long as my strength lasted.” After the war, she supported the cause of women’s suffrage and was active in suffragist organizations. She died in 1913 and was buried with military honors.
The reverse of the new $20 will display The White House and an image of President Andrew Jackson.
The new $10 will celebrate the history of the women’s suffrage movement, and feature images of Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul, alongside the Treasury building.
Treasury’s relationship with the suffrage movement dates to the Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913 when thousands marched down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the Treasury Department in Washington, DC. On the steps of the Treasury Building, the marchers demanded an amendment to the Constitution enfranchising women. The new $10 will honor the 1913 march and the leaders of the suffrage movement—Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott—who were instrumental in the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Photograph taken in front of the Treasury Building at the Woman Suffrage Parade in Washington, DC, March 3, 1913. Photo Credit: Library of Congress.
The front of the $10 will continue to feature Alexander Hamilton, our nation’s first Treasury Secretary and the architect of our economic system.
The new $5 will honor historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial in service of our democracy, and will feature Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Anderson, and Eleanor Roosevelt (on the reverse side).
In the Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln called for a “new birth of freedom,” urging Americans to do their part to complete, the “unfinished work” ahead.
The Lincoln Memorial has long served as a place where people gathered to complete that unfinished work.
In 1939—at a time when concert halls were still segregated—world renowned Opera singer Marian Anderson helped advance civil rights when, with the support of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, she performed at the Lincoln Memorial in front of 75,000 people.
Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939.
And in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the same monument in front of hundreds of thousands.
The front of the new $5 will retain the portrait of President Lincoln.
Steve Benen adds at the Maddow blog:
The New York Times’ report added, “The new designs, from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, would be made public in 2020 in time for the centennial of woman’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. None of the bills, including a new $5 note, would reach circulation until the next decade.”
Oh. So, the good news is, Treasury officials have made some excellent decisions about who to honor and how. The bad news is, we won’t get our hands on the new bills until around 2030 or so.